I know it’s been said before but seeing as the players and manager keep talking about it, isn’t it about time we fans all jumped on the same ship.
Arsenal FC may employ the odd player or two who divide fans but what’s the point in just slating them game after game when they are out there busting a gut to win every match they play in. Walcott frustrates the heck out of me because I’ve seen enough flashes of brilliance from him to know there’s a very good player inside that body of his but his lack of consistency has always put him out there to be battered.
Lukas Podolski is another who gets his fair share of criticism, especially when he’s asked to play the role of a loan striker and it doesn’t quite work out but it’s not his fault he’s out of his comfort zone is it?
Jack Wilshere is another but after our match, he made it clear that he’s an attacking midfielder, a creator and a scorer of goals but he knows that sometimes he has to play wide on either side for the good of the team, yet when he does and he doesn’t have such good a game, yep, he’s criticised.
There are more but if I went on, this post would be 3000 or more words long and I’d be bored and far more than any of you would be…..
But what we fans have to say or think means very little to our group of players because they are all right by each others side and they really are together during this seasons challenge.
Mathieu Flamini said this after our victory against Aston Villa:
It was an important win and a good win because it came from everyone. We all worked very hard. It was a tough because they’re a good team and scored their first goal and pushed for the second, but we were strong defensively. That was important.
It is very positive because at the end of the season these games make the difference. We knew everyone was looking at us and maybe hoping that we would drop points, but we were very serious from the start until the end of the game.
It is important to have both sides, when I say that I mean playing great football like we did in the first half with quick passing, but when you play in the English game you have to fight as well.
Everyone worked very hard and defended together. It was a great team victory.
Flamini talks a lot of sense in many ways.
After Aston Villa scored, they raised their game a lot. Yes I mean a lot because before then, they didn’t trouble us at all in front of goal but the players dug in and held out for the victory.
Would they have been able to do the same this time last season?
I don’t think so and it’s not the first time we have witnessed that kind of application and determination during the last 15/20 minutes of a game this season.
Sometimes it’s all too easy to sit back and pick out individuals, the manager or even the entire team for their performance at certain stages of a game but the reality is we are winning and winning breeds confidence.
Confidence breeds belief and putting those ingredients together will do nothing other than keep this squad believing that they can win something this season.
Of course it would be lovely to see our club batter sides each week but the reality is, that won’t always happen because funny enough, the clubs we face want to win too…
The manager believes in his players and the players believe in each other…
Thank goodness for that eh……
The big story in the news today relates to Julian Draxler. Actually, he’s been in the newspapers for a while now but just like Chinese Whispers, this story gets a bit added each morning. Today it’s all about how he’s set to arrive this month and Arsene Wenger is ready to turn him into the ‘next RvP’.
However, Sportsmail have just reported that the 20 year old will be heading to Munich for treatment to a ruptured tendon, an injury which is expected to keep him out until March.
Would that be enough to stop Arsene going for him??
That’s it for another day…..